Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Historic Roadside Properties

on Minnesota Highways

Current Projects

Gooseberry Falls Concourse

Public Notice: FHWA De Minimis Request (Word)

Garrison Pedestrian Underpass Rehabilitation (Bridge 5265)

Garrison Pedestrian Underpass Rehabilitation

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1938
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect and National Park Service
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

Construction Update: September 28, 2018. The stone masonry restoration on the bridge is complete. Replacement steel for reinforcing the bridge arch is being fabricated and scheduled to arrive in October. Depending on weather, a temporary asphalt surface may be used to pave the bridge over the winter. The final concrete bridge deck will likely be completed in the Summer of 2019.

Preconstruction photo of the inside face of the East wall of the bridge. Notice the cracked mortar cap, different colors of mortar, vegetation growing in mortar joints in wall and at base of wall in flagstone pavers at the base of the wall. June 2018.Preconstruction photo of the stone wall and arch on the west face of the bridge prior to work beginning in June 2018.

The corrugated steel arch and interior of the stone walls are exposed after excavating all of the fill material. The inside face of the stone will be repaired and the steel will have reinforcement added to correct corrosion during its 80 year life. September 2018 .Work underway removing labelled stones and removing old mortar. Stones will be stored on pallets until they are ready for reinstallation. July 2018.

The stones are being carefully re-laid with new mortar in the same position they were in originally to reconstruct the bridge rail. September 2018.

Kenney Lake Overlook Rehabilitation

Listed on MnDOT Historic Roadside Development Structures
Kenney Lake Overlook (PDF)
Original Construction: 1939
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect and National Park Service
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

Graceville Marker Rehabilitation

Graceville Marker Rehabilitation

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1940
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect
Constructed by: Work Projects Administration (WPA)

Recent Projects

2016

Mantorville Walls Rehabilitation

Mantorville Walls Rehabilitation

Part of Mantorville Historic District
Original Construction: 1932
Designed by: Not applicable
Constructed by: Ole Stensted

2015

Inspiration Point Historic Wayside Rest Rehabilitation

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Eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (nomination in process)
Original Construction: 1934
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

Inspiration Point, a historic wayside rest area near Lanesboro on Highway 16, is closed as of Tuesday, June 2 while the site is restored and repaired. Initial activities include contractor mobilization, staking, tree removal and installation of a tree protection fence. See the press release.

2014

Orr Roadside Parking Area (Vehicle impact rebuild)

Orr Roadside Parking Area

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1938
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

Spruce Creek Culvert Rehabilitation (Bridge 8292)

Spruce Creek Culvert Rehabilitation (Bridge 8292)

Eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1932-35
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

2012-14

Garrison Concourse Restoration

Garrison Concourse

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1936-39
Designed by: National Park Service, with Arthur Nichols
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

2013-14

Willow Lake Roadside Parking Area Restoration

Willow Lake Roadside Parking Area Restoration

Eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1939-40
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

2013

Lake St. Croix Overlook Restoration (Stillwater Overlook South)

Lake St. Croix Overlook Restoration, a.k.a. Stillwater Overlook South

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1936-37
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect
Constructed by: National Youth Administration (NYA)

2012

Preston Historic Overlook Restoration

Preston Historic Overlook Restoration

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1937-38
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

Future Projects

2018

Pine-Hickory Lakes Roadside Parking Area

Eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places
Pine-Hickory (PDF)
Original Construction: 1938
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect
Constructed by: National Youth Administration (NYA)

2019

Whitefish Creek Bridge Rehabilitation (Bridge 3355)

Whitefish Creek Bridge Rehabilitation

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1939
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect and National Park Service
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps